GUN Shooting commercial .30-06 in my M1 Garand and 1903 Springfield

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  1. Accord

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    I remember reading somewhere that you're not supposed to shoot modern commercial ammo in surplus M1 Garand and 1903 Springfields, I don't remember the exact reason but it was something like modern ammo causes too much stress on the receivers or something like that.

    Does anyone know the reason?

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    Powders burn too quickly and put too much pressure on the gas system. The rifle can handle it but it'll wear out the gas system quicker.

    Fulton Armory recommends if you want to shoot commercial loads to do 147-150 gr only. DGR told me I should use Federal Gold Match rounds out of mine.

    I've also heard of people taking the front gas nut out and shooting the rifle without. It won't be semi-auto though.
     
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    Thanks for the info.

    Do you know how many gr are in the 30-06 surplus Greek ammo sold by CMP?
     
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    Should say on their webpage. It most probably is 150 gr if it's delinked M2 ball ammo.
     
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    Stay away from hot ammo like Hornady Light Magnum, other wise you should be able to feed about any factory stuff :dunno:
     
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    Too bad the 147gr South African surplus only comes in .308... that stuff works really well in my garand.
     
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    hell, most modern commercial ammo is not loaded nearly as hot as the military stuff. You should be fine.
     
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    I think the military 30-06 is 150 gr @ 2700 FPS. Most of the commericlas are around 2900-3000fps.

    I've been told my reloaders it's the speed of the powder and not the size of the charge. Faster burning powder creates too much pressure when the bullet finally reaches the gas hole (or whatever you'd call it).
     
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    You are correct sir
     
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    So it shouldn't be an issue to shoot commercial ammo out of a 1903 then, since it's bolt action and there is no gas tube and whatnot?
     
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    Shouldn't have any problems with it.

    I've got Federal Gold Match and Black Hills both recommended by DGR and Fulton for M1s so we'll see if it ever gets damaged.

    Some guy I met at the range had an adjustable gas nut for his M1 Garand so he could shoot commercial loads.
     

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